BY Jeff Schneberk
Seattle’s Justin Smoak broke a scoreless tie in the 7th inning of tonight’s MLB clash between the Mariners and the Blue Jays, but Toronto answered back with 3 runs in the 8th inning to win their second game in a row and first trip this season to Seattle, WA.
Both Seattle and Toronto now have the same overall record of 52-60.
I can’t remember what year it was the last time I went to a Toronto Blue Jays game. I can’t even recall if I have ever even been to one. I do know that I have never seen them play on the road, so I have no idea what the average attendance rate of Jays supporters is nowadays, but I do know that there are an awful lot of them out in BC.
There were over 32,000 baseball fans tonight at Safeco Field in Seattle to basically watch the Blue Jays take on the Mariners (assuming most of the fans are from Seattle and go to watch the home team take on whoever the visitors are!). Anyways, throughout the game when the Jays did something right, Mark DeRosa assisted on the Jays’ last 4 outs, RA Dickey pitched over 104 pitches and only allowed one (earned) run, Brett Lawrie hit a triple in the 8th inning, and the Jays cashed in 2 runners in a bases loaded situation in the 8th inning; each time this stuff took place, the crowd at Safeco seemed to like it. I tuned in knowing that I was picking up a game in the state of Washington, but thought a couple times that the screen was wrong because it felt like a home game for the Jays, who sent their contingent home happy, their 2nd win in a row on this western road trip (they hung on to beat the Angels on Sunday night), and now they have 4 victories in 8 attempts so far on this set, which continues tomorrow night (Tuesday) back at Safeco Field.
As for the scoring, the Mariners were the first to cross the plate when Justin Smoak homered to right field (Dickey had been solid up until that point, he gave up 8 hits but as long as you are winning the games, nobody cares about that stuff! Smoak’s HR came in the 7th inning. In the 8th, Jose Reyes scored Lawrie to tie the game at 1-1, before DeRosa singled to left field which brought home Reyes and Jose Bautista.
Dickey recorded win #9 of the season, he’s got 11 loses. He worked 7.2 innings tonight, which is good, allowed 8 hits, 5 strikeouts before handing off to Casey Janssen who took care of the Mariners threat to tie it in the 9th inning, got his 20th save.
Hisashi Iwakuma took the loss for the Mariners.
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